Fariñas wants lawmakers to have own cops

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2017 11:37 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants Congress to have its own police force.

Through House Bill 6208, Fariñas wants to establish a Philippine Legislative Police (PLP) that will secure all members of Congress, protect the properties of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and ensure that the mandate and authority vested in all lawmakers remain unobstructed. 

Through the PLP, Congress will be empowered to enforce and execute its powers of contempt and issuance of subpoenas, summonses and warrants of arrest. 

He said the establishment of the PLP will create a "safe and secure environment" for lawmakers to fully exercise their responsibilities with independence.

Farinas said Congress currently relies on the law enforcement agencies under the executive department to enforce and execute its contempt orders and warrants of arrest. 

He said Congress’ reliance on the executive’s law enforcement agencies impairs the independence of Congress.

Farinas said Congress does not currently have enough manpower and capability to provide security to its members in performing their duties.

The bill proposes that PLP officers will have the same qualifications, salaries and benefits, retirement age and equivalent rank of members of the Philippine National Police.

The Sergeants at Arms of both the Senate and House shall oversee daily operations of the PLP.

Among the proposed functions of the PLP is to coordinate the issuance of licenses for the possession of and permits to carry firearms to members of Congress, PLP personnel, and the secretariat employees of both Houses, as well as the congressional staff. - report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News